The new Visual Arts Building is a clean slate—a beautiful and bright one—and it’s nearly ready to engage UI art students.

Construction on the replacement for the original Art Building complex, which was flooded in 2008, is in the final stages. Students will begin using the 126,000-square-foot facility in the fall of 2016.

Natural light is featured throughout in the new building, which was designed by Steven Holl, of BNIM Architects, and built by Miron Construction. The atrium-like central skylight, channel-glass walls, and assorted square windows help make the building the ultimate creative space for budding visual artists. Among the academic units that will call it home are printmaking, ceramics, 3-D design, metal arts and jewelry, sculpture, painting and drawing, graphic design, intermedia and video art, and photography. In addition, the building will house five galleries and a 70-seat auditorium.

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